PSC Commissioner Amb Salma Ahmed (in the foreground) planting a tree assisted by a forest officer at the Ngong Forest Reserve during the Africa Public Service Day
Kenya commenced celebrating the 2022 Africa Public Service Day (APSD) by planting trees at the Ngong forestry station on 20th June, ahead of the 23rd June event day.
Commissioner Amb. Salma Ahmed, flanked by Deputy Commission Secretary Jane Chege represented the PSC Chairperson at the event where 1,000 trees planted.
The public service sector planted 1,000 trees on 20th June 2022 at Ngong forestry commencing the celebrations for this year’s Africa Public Service Day that was marked on 23rd June 2022.
The keynote address was delivered by the CS Ministry of Public Service, Gender, Senior Citizens Affairs, and Special Programmes Prof. Margaret Kobia, in a speech read on her behalf by the Ministry’s Chief Administrative Secretary Abdul Bahari
Prof. Kobia called on Kenyans to plant more trees as a way of lessening the effects of climate change.
She noted that future generations and the entire humanity stands to benefit even as tree planting raises awareness in the surrounding community on the importance of planting and saving trees.
“You will also recall that on May 27, 2022, during the launch of an accelerated tree growing campaign, President Uhuru Kenyatta assured the international community of Kenya’s commitment to combating the challenges arising from climate change by increasing Kenya’s forest cover to at least 30% by 2050” she noted.
Prof. Margaret Kobia stated that the 2022 theme, “Celebrating Public Service Transformation” reflected the government's deliberate efforts to transform the public service to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in service delivery to its citizens.
The PS State Department for Public Service Mrs. Mary Kimonye highlighted the sub-theme under which the tree planting was being undertaken as “Environmental Conservation and Climate Change Initiatives.”
She disclosed that it was in line with the Kenya vision 2030 that aims to provide its citizens with a clean, secure, and sustainable environment. She added that the sub-theme emphasizes the need for national strategies to mitigate climate change, especially for trees and forests, which play a major role in lessening the impact of climate change.
Others dignitaries present at the exercise included UNDP Officials, Forest Service officers, staff from various Ministries, State Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and local communities.